Apple Unveils LG UltraFine 5K Display, Developed for the New MacBook Pro

Apple Unveils LG UltraFine 5K Display, Developed for the New MacBook Pro

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The display sports a resolution of 2880×5120 pixels
  • Affordable option LG UltraFine 4K Display launched at $700
  • Displays available for purchase on Apple store

On Thursday, in one of the rare occurrences at Apple’s event, company’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Phil Schiller unveiled a 5K display made by LG, not by Apple, while showcasing the capabilities of company’s new MacBook Pro. Apple usually doesn’t advertise other company’s products at its launch events but Schiller explained the reason for this particular aberration. Schiller said that the 5K display by LG was designed in collaboration with Apple, and keeping the new MacBook Pro in mind. The company also revealed just how many 4K and 5K external displays the new MacBook Pro models could support simultaneously.

The 27-inch LG UltraFine 5K Display, as the name suggests, comes with a screen resolution of 2880×5120 pixels, sports an IPS panel, and has been priced by the company at $1,300 (roughly Rs. 86,900).

Apart from the impressive screen resolution, the LG UltraFine 5K Display comes with one Thunderbolt 3 port and three regular USB Type-C ports. The Thunderbolt 3 cable, which comes with the display, is capable of not just displaying the content from MacBook Pro to the screen, but also charging the laptop simultaneously with 85W of charging power. The display comes with inbuilt stereo speakers, camera, and microphone to provide extra utility options to the user.

People who are interested in a more affordable option can instead opt for LG UltraFine 4K Display, which has been priced at $700 (Rs. 46,800) and was launched by the company on Thursday. Both displays have been made available for purchase on Apple’s own website.As for support for multiple displays, Apple revealed the number of simultaneous external displays the new MacBook Pro models can support. Due to the presence of Thunderbolt 3 ports with DisplayPort interface, the 15-inch new MacBook Pro supports up to four 4K external displays at the same time. Further, the laptop is capable of supporting up to two 5K displays simultaneously. Due to the hardware limitations, the 13-inch version of the MacBook will not be able to support the same number of displays as the 15-inch version of the laptop – it can support up to two 4K displays simultaneously, and one 5K display.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with an Intel Iris GPU, compared with the Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphics present on the 15-inch version of the laptop.

Of course, one of the most crucial features when it comes to connection with multiple displays, is that in addition to the external displays, the MacBook Pro provides simultaneous support for the full native resolution of the inbuilt display.

Tags: LG UltraFine 5K display, Laptops, MacBook Pro, Apple, LG Ultrafine 4K Display
[“Source-Gadgets”]

This Laptop Deck Turns the HP Elite x3 into a PC and Phablet in One

The HP Elite x3 Lap Dock is a new offering from HP that turns your mobile phone into a laptop with many of the same capabilities.

The new HP (NYSE:HPQ) Elite x3 is a full featured phablet with a hefty price tag, and for small businesses that can afford it, the Lap Dock is the perfect accessory to make it a complete system.

Businesses now want a mobile device that can handle Microsoft’s Office applications just like a desktop, HP seems to be betting. They want their employees to have all the tools they need when they are outside of the office, which is what the HP Elite x3 delivers. But when they get back, it is important to seamlessly connect to peripherals that let these devices to continue functioning like a desktop. The Lap Dock makes that possible for the x3 with a very slim form factor device.

At first glance the Lap Dock looks like a regular laptop, but it is far from that. It is solely designed to extend the capability of the x3, and essentially has no guts. That means no processor, hard drive, RAM, etc.

When you open the device, you get a nearly borderless 12.5-inch diagonal LED-backlit Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, a backlit spill-resistant keyboard with drain and a large touchpad. It delivers the audio with integrated Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers, noise canceling microphones and stereo headphone jack.

The HP Elite x3 Lap Dock is a new offering from HP that turns your mobile phone into a laptop with many of the same capabilities.

The ports and connectors include micro HDMI, 1 USB Type-C for data and charging, 2 USB Type-C for data and power in/out. The whole thing is powered by a 4-cell 46W/hr battery that is powerful enough to charge the x3 when you run out of juice.

Pairing the x3 and Lap Dock is made possible with Miracast and WiGig technologies. All you have to do is place the phablet next to the dock, and you are ready to go. Continuum and HP Workspace take care of everything else.

The Lap Dock will be available November 14, 2016 for $599. So, with the HP Elite x3 starting at $799, price will clearly be the biggest barrier for budget conscious small businesses.

Image: HP

[“source-smallbiztrends”]

Microsoft Build 2016 India: Bots, IoT, and Windows Apps

Microsoft Build 2016 India: Bots, IoT, and Windows Apps

Microsoft Build 2016 India: Bots, IoT, and Windows Apps
HIGHLIGHTS
Build is Microsoft’s conference for Windows developers.
It was held in various parts of the world, including India.
Bots as a conversation platform was the big theme of the conference.
Bengaluru-based startup Yellow Messenger is one of the companies in India that’s exploring conversational commerce through bots. You tell the bot to show you shoes and then continue the conversation by asking for men’s shoes, or women’s, and so on. Yellow Messenger is just one of the startups in India that’s making use of Microsoft’s Cognitive Services.

These are a collection of APIs that allow systems to use natural language processing to hear, see, speak, understand and interpret the needs of users. Cognitive Services were one of the tools that Microsoft demonstrated in Pune, at its Build 2016 tour event on Friday.

Build is an event for Windows developers, where Microsoft showcases all the tools developers can use to make Windows apps. With over 40 percent of Microsoft’s cloud platform Azure’s revenue coming from ISVs (Independent Software Ventures) and startups, the focus of the keynote was naturally on reaching out to them.

“When developers want to do machine learning, when they want to use bots, we want them to think about us,” Jeffrey Burtoft, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, said during the keynote. The purpose behind using bots is to have conversations without having a human on the other end. Microsoft’s Cognitive Services work on services such as Skype, Web, Slack, Facebook Messenger, among others.

narendra_bhandari_microsoft_build_2016_pune_gadgets_360.jpg

Harish Vaidyanathan, Director of ISV Business at Microsoft, added to this, talking about the work Microsoft is doing to bring these tools to India. “Not all conversations are in English. This is India right? Being able to do multilingual conversations in one stroke [is one of Yellow Messenger’s key features],” he added. Vaidyanathan said Yellow Messenger can also do other things, like take a picture and say, ‘Show me something like this.’ “Those are some of the things that Yellow Messenger does. It’s already live on Facebook, Telegram, and Skype,” he said.

He also talked about how India can use the Internet of Things to address seasonal demand of resources. “If you think of Indians, we’re very aspirational. We want everything but we don’t want to buy everything we want,” Vaidyanathan said.
He explained this with the example of another company, called iBot. The minimum price of a Eureka Forbes Aquaguard water purifier is around Rs. 8,500, which is a bit too high for quite a few people. “What iBot enabled, is that you can take Aquaguard and use it on a prepaid basis. This is pure water, as a service. People pay for what they use,” he said, adding that the sensor is connected to Microsoft’s cloud platform.

Burtoft said Azure has 30 data centres around the world, which is more than both Amazon and Google. Three of these data centres are in India, one of which is in Pune. Highlighting the importance of Microsoft cloud in the Indian market, he said 50 percent of the top 100 companies listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) use Microsoft cloud services. Globally, he said, Azure gets over 120,000 new subscriptions every month, and over two trillion messages per week are processed by Azure IoT.

iBot_iQu_E10_E11_website.jpg

After holding the Build 2016 conference in San Francisco earlier this year, the company has been taking the conference to various parts of the world. The Pune leg of the Build 2016 tour was attended by over 600 developers from India.

On the consumer side, Burtoft said Windows 10 is Microsoft’s most successful version of Windows with over 300 million active users. He also showed Project Centennial, Microsoft’s bid to get more apps on its Windows Store. This makes it easy for developers to port their Win32 apps to the Windows Store and to monetise these apps through the store. Burtoft said the Windows 10 Store has had over 5 billion visits since its launch and Project Centennial will help users find safe (virus-free) copies of the apps they want to download. “It’s becoming harder and harder to get Win32 apps [to find a safe, malware-free download],” he said.

Disclosure: Microsoft India sponsored the correspondent’s travel for this event.

Tags: Azure, Cloud, Cloud Services, Cognitive Services, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Harish Vaidyanathan, IOT, ISV, Jeffrey Burtoft, Microsoft, Microsoft Azure, Skype, Slack, Startups, Yellow Messenger, iBot

[“Source-Gadgets”]

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Received $18 Million in 2016 Pay

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Received $18 Million in 2016 Pay

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nadella received about $5.66 million in salary and bonus
  • He also got $12 million as stock award
  • Satya Nadella took over as Microsoft CEO in 2014

Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella’s reported compensation fell 3.3 percent to $17.7 million (roughly Rs. 117 crores) in the software maker’s latest fiscal year ended June 30.

Nadella received about $5.66 million (roughly Rs. 38 crores) in salary and bonus and a $12 million (roughly Rs. 80 crores) stock award, according to a preliminary proxy statement filed Monday. About half of the shares will vest in 2018 if Microsoft achieves targets including revenue, operating income and a number of commercial cloud subscribers – and its stock outperforms 60 percent of companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. The remainder will vest in full by 2019 if he remains on the job.

Microsoft’s board moved to tie part of Nadella’s annual stock grant to targets and cut back its discretion over cash bonuses after more than a quarter of voting shareholders rejected its executive compensation program at the company’s last two annual meetings. In talks with directors, investors voiced concerns about excessive payout limits for bonuses and stock awards, and insufficient disclosure of factors used to evaluate performance, the filing said. Companies in the S&P 500 received on average 91 percent support for their pay programs in 2015, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Pete Wootton, a spokesman for the Redmond, Washington-based company, declined to comment beyond the filing. Microsoft shares increased 15 percent in the 12 months ended June 30, compared with a 1 percent increase in the S&P 500.

When he was named CEO, Nadella received a stock award valued at $59 million that will vest in three increments in 2019, 2020 and 2021 if Microsoft’s total returns to shareholders exceed 60 percent of companies in the S&P 500 in the five prior years. The face value of the award was disclosed as part of his 2014 compensation. The company’s total return has increased 70 percent since Nadella took the job in February 2014, compared with a 30 percent increase in the index.

Kevin Turner, who left his job as chief operating officer in July, was the second-highest paid executive officer in fiscal 2016 with $13 million.

© 2016 Bloomberg L.P.

Tags: Satya Nadella, Microsoft, PC, Laptops, Internet

[“Source-Gadgets”]

Lenovo Plans to Manufacture Laptops in India

Lenovo Plans to Manufacture Laptops in India

Chinese electronics goods maker Lenovo Monday said it considers India as a potential centre for manufacturing laptops.

“At Pondicherry plant, where we are already manufacturing desktops, has the capacity and flexibility to manufacture laptops (notebooks). The company will have to take a call when to do it,” Dinesh Nair, director, consumer business,Lenovo India said.

He said that Lenovo, which already started manufacturing at its Chennai plant, is committed to the ‘Make in India’ initiative, which is evident from the visit of the company’s CEO and Chairman Yang Yuanqing in 2015 for a meeting with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

(Also see:  Lenovo Unveils New Range of Consumer-Facing Laptops in India)

Lenovo, which is already the third largest vendor of PCs in India in terms of market share, has redesigned its entire range of portfolio targeting the youth and the business segments and keeping the price at competitive levels, he told reporters in Kolkata on Monday.

Nair said that manufacturing laptops in India would give more flexibility as at least two months were needed to ship products from China.

Currently, the entire range of laptops are being shipped from China, he said.

In terms of revenue contribution, the laptops segment was contributing to 85 percent to 88 percent of overall PC sales, the rest being desktops, Nair said.

On market growth of PCs, he said that it remained flat in the last quarter.

Tags: Lenovo, Lenovo India, PC, Laptops, Make in India

[“Source-Gadgets”]

Lenovo, Fujitsu Said to Discuss Merger of PC Businesses

Lenovo, Fujitsu Said to Discuss Merger of PC BusinessesLenovo, Fujitsu Said to Discuss Merger of PC Businesses
HIGHLIGHTS
The companies are aiming to reach agreement this month: Nikkei
Lenovo is also seeking to make further inroads into smartphones
Fujitsu would move its PC planning, development, manufacturing divisions
Lenovo Group Ltd. is in talks with Fujitsu Ltd. to merge their personal-computer businesses, with the Chinese manufacturer taking a majority stake in the venture, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

The two sides are still discussing pricing and terms, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. The companies are aiming to reach agreement this month, according to the Nikkei newspaper, which reported the deal earlier Thursday.

An alliance with Fujitsu would give Lenovo, the world’s biggest PC maker, a bigger foundation to expand its share. Lenovo had 19.4 percent of the global PC market in 2015, compared with 2.1 percent for Fujitsu, according to IDC. Lenovo is also seeking to make further inroads into smartphones, while embarking on a plan to cut $1.35 billion from annual costs and eliminate 3,200 jobs. The company said in August that it was making progress and would turn around its business next year.

Fujitsu shares rose about 7 percent to JPY 575.7 as of 10:45am in Tokyo, after climbing as much as 8.6 percent. The stock had declined 11 percent this year through Wednesday. Lenovo’s shares climbed as much as 2.7 percent in Hong Kong, but remain down more than 30 percent in 2016.
Japan’s PC makers have been scaling back their operations or exiting the business entirely, as more people use mobile devices to check e-mail, manage their finances and access the web. Fujitsu had been struggling to find a partner, and talks with Vaio and Toshiba Corp. were on the verge of collapse, the Wall Street Journal reported in April.

The Nikkei reported that the Lenovo-Fujitsu business may merge in the future with Lenovo’s PC venture with NEC Corp., which was formed in 2011. Fujitsu would move its PC planning, development, manufacturing divisions to Lenovo as part of the deal, the Nikkei said, with about 2,000 Fujitsu workers likely to be relocated to Lenovo.

Tags: Fujitsu, Fujitsu PCs and Laptops, PC, Laptops, Lenovo

[“Source-Gadgets”]

Asus Launches New ROG Laptops With Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs in India

Asus Launches New ROG Laptops With Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs in India

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Asus ROG Strix GL502VS is priced at Rs. 1,81,990
  • The Asus ROG G752VS is priced at Rs. 2,47,990
  • Both the laptops come with the new NVidia 10-series graphics card

After launching the Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA, the company has now introduced two new Republic of Gamers (ROG) laptops in India. Expanding its lineup, the new ROG Strix GL502VS and ROG G752VS are powered by Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-series graphics card. The laptops will be available across all online and offline leading retail outfits at a starting price of Rs. 1,81,990 and Rs. 2,47,990 respectively.

As mentioned, the big highlight of the two laptops are the VR-ready Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-series graphics cards, and they includes Nvidia G-Sync technology as well.

The ROG Strix GL502VS comes with the GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, a 15-inch display with 178-degree viewing angle, and weighs approximately 2.3kg. It offers up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and is designed in a way to maximise cooling efficiency. In addition, there is also the company’s in-built GameFirst III technology to ensure lag-free gaming, and an interface that lets users choose between four preset package priority modes (Optimization, Game, Media Streaming, and File Sharing).

Asus also launched the comparatively cheaper ROG G752VS. This laptop is powered by a sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor paired with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card and up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM. The unlocked processor comes along with an overclocking toolkit, allowing users to overclock the system to speeds of up to 4.0GHz. Additionally, it has a backlit anti-ghosting keyboard with 30-key rollover. The ROG G752VS comes in Armor Titanium, and Plasma Copper colour variants.

Asus launched its new lineup ROG gaming laptops in India in April this year. At that time, the company launched four laptops and two desktops to flag off the ROG series. In July, Asus even launched the ROG GX700 at a whopping price of Rs. 4,12,990. The premium gaming laptop comes with a detachable ROG-exclusive Hydro Overclocking System cooling module that has dual 92mm radiators the company says are capable of dissipating over 500W of heat. It is even bundled with ROG-themed suitcase to lug around.

Tags: Asus, Laptops, PCs, Asus Republic of Gamers, Asus ROG Strix GL502VS, Asus ROG G752VS

[“Source-Gadgets”]

Microsoft Releases Fix for Users Affected by Windows 10 Cumulative Update Issue

Microsoft Releases Fix for Users Affected by Windows 10 Cumulative Update Issue

Last week, Microsoft released Cumulative Update KB3194496 for users running Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1067), and, this caused problems for some users – trapping them in a loop after the installation failed. The issue only affected those who were previously on the Windows Insider Program before migrating the the public branch earlier this year, as well as some users still on the Windows Insider Program , Microsoft has now come out with a fix.

ZDNet reports that an email statement from Microsoft confirms that the update released for Windows 10 version 1607 on September 29 failed to install and would roll back for many users. The company claimed that a small number of customers in the Windows Insider Program that were running a previous build of the OS were affected.

(Also see: Windows 10 Now Running on 400 Million Active Devices, Says Microsoft)

“We became aware of an issue with the recent Windows 10 cumulative update that impacted a small number of customers in the Windows Insider Program that were running a previous build of the OS. We have created a solution to resolve this issue, which is now live and can be accessed here.”

Users affected by the update reported that after the system reached the 100 percent mark, they would get a prompt saying the process could not be completed and thereby reverting the changes, resulting in a loop of failed attempts.

Microsoft has released a patch that fixes the issue. That link takes you to the Windows 10 1607 (RS1) Script fix to unblock update for Insider.

There is no clear indication as to how many users have been affected although Microsoft says it’s a “small number”. However, ZDNet’s Ed Bott claims “the number is probably in the hundreds of thousands, representing systems that were in the Windows Insider Program, receiving preview releases, during the first half of 2016 before switching to the public branch.”

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 10, Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Bug, Windows Insider Program, Computing, PC, Laptops

[“Source-Gadgets”]

Apple Is Said to Plan Improved Cloud Services by Unifying Teams

Apple Is Said to Plan Improved Cloud Services by Unifying Teams

Apple Inc. plans to unify its separate Internet services groups into a single campus to better compete with Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Amazon.com Inc. in the cloud, according to people familiar with the plans.

Apple cloud services teams run by executive Eddy Cue, including Siri, Maps, iCloud, Apple Pay, Apple News and parts of iTunes and Apple Music, will move together into the company’s existing Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California, the people said. Currently, most Apple services are developed separately from each other in office parks rented out in other parts of Cupertino and Sunnyvale, California.

The current structure contributes to software bugs and slow product development, the people said. Bringing the teams together at a single, dedicated campus is designed to improve growth of the services business and fight competition from Google and Amazon, the people added. They did not want to be identified talking about private Apple plans. Apple declined to comment.

As iPhone growth slows and Apple goes behind the scenes to develop new hardware, the services business has been a bright spot. It grew almost 20 percent in the third quarter and may soon pass the Mac and iPad as Apple’s second-largest revenue source. Still, Apple’s cloud services have been criticized by users because of technical issues and a lack of new features. The company also stumbled in 2008 with MobileMe and in 2012 with Maps.

Cloud Space
Space for the cloud teams at the current headquarters will begin to open as Apple inches toward the launch of Apple Campus 2, a futuristic, spherical structure with multiple floors of open work space. Apple will begin moving employees there in 2017, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said in March. Apple broke ground on the new campus in 2013, following a well-documented announcement by company co-founder Steve Jobs in 2011.

While many Apple executives want to relocate their teams to the new campus, Cue thinks unifying at the old campus is a suitable way to improve his organization, one of the people said.

A committee of Apple managers is working on the plan to reorganize Apple across its current and future locations. Recently that plan has changed, according to a person familiar with the discussions. Apple originally expected up to 13,000 employees at the new campus. Now that number will increase by thousands and Apple is adjusting internal office space accordingly, the person said.

The new building features open floor plans and few traditional offices. While some of Apple’s senior vice presidents are expected to see their offices move over to the new campus – less than a five minute drive from the current headquarters – management must be at a vice president level or above to get a formal office, one of the people said. Previous plans included office space for senior directors, who report to vice presidents.

The new campus will be made up of bench seating, long work tables, and open cubicle spaces, potentially irking employees used to quiet office environments, two people briefed on the new campus’s plans said.

Apple’s Pie
Apple is also reorganizing its cloud computing resources to bolster its services business. The company is moving its infrastructure – things like software to process Siri queries and Apple Music downloads – onto a single, Apple-made system, according to people familiar with the matter. Code-named Pie, the platform gives Apple more control and may speed up load times.

Apple has begun moving over parts of Siri, the iTunes Store, and Apple News to the new platform, one of the people said. Apple plans to move other services, including Maps, to its new system over the next few years. Apple has also developed an internal photo storage system dubbed McQueen to gradually end its reliance on Google and Amazon servers, the people said.

The company recently indicated it is taking the cloud more seriously by hiring former Time Warner Cable executive Peter Stern as a vice president leading cloud services.

© 2016 Bloomberg L.P.

Tags: Apple, Mobiles, Apps, Tim Cook
[“Source-Gadgets”]

Windows 10 Preview Build 14936 Brings the Ability to Uninstall Preloaded Apps

Windows 10 Preview Build 14936 Brings the Ability to Uninstall Preloaded Apps

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The feature is active only for a few apps
  • You still cannot uninstall Alarm & Clock, and Cortana
  • The feature is still in preview, and is expected to hit all users in 2017

Windows 10 comes with many preloaded apps that users may not be too keen on utilising. Now, Microsoft has introduced the ability to uninstall these apps in its latest preview build of Windows 10. With Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14936, Microsoft has bought the ability to uninstall preloaded apps like Mail, Calendar, Calculator, Groove Music, Maps, and Weather.

In earlier versions, the uninstall button was not active against the above mentioned apps. Now, if you head to the Apps and Features section in the Settings app, you will find that the uninstall button is active, and that these apps can be removed easily.

This was first spotted by Ghacks, and the publication claims that the feature is expected to roll out commercially next year. Also Camera, Cortana, Alarm & Clock, Messaging, and many other apps are still difficult to remove, and the uninstall button remains inactive.

The reason for this distinction is unknown, and Microsoft could make the button active on all apps eventually, before releasing it on the stable version. Of course, the preview version is only available for Insider members, and if you want to use the latest build, you need to be a part of the Windows Insider Program. To register, head here.

Twitter tipster Core has also hinted that the upcoming build that Microsoft intends to release this week or next week, will be jam packed with features. Last month, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is running on 400 million active devices as on September 26. To recall, Microsoft had announced Windows 10 was on 300 million active devices back in May.

Tags: Windows 10, Windows 10 Preview build 14936, PreLoaded Apps, Windows Insider Program, PC laptops

[“Source-Gadgets”]